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Written by David Ramsey   
Wednesday, 22 August 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
Silverstone SUGO SG08 Mini-ITX Case
Features and Specifications
Closer Look: Exterior
Closer Look: Interior
Building a System
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

SilverStone SUGO SST-SG08 Computer Case Review

Manufacturer: SilverStone Technology
Product Name: SFF Chassis
Model Number: SST-SG08B
UPC: 844761008130
Price As Tested: $199.99 at Newegg

Full Disclosure: SilverStone Technology provided the product sample used in this article.

SilverStone Technology is best known for their computer cases. Some of their older models, such as the Temjin SST-TJ07, are actual classics in the field. SilverStone isn't afraid to innovate, as their "rotated motherboard" cases like the Raven and Fortress FT-02 show.

As more and more functions that used to require separate cards are subsumed into the motherboard and chipset, the need for multi-slot motherboards is diminishing. Of course, serious gamers running SLI or CrossFireX systems with Killer NIC network cards and fancy audio cards do need a lot of slots, but I'd guess the majority of even gamer systems run exactly one card: a video card. For these users, a computer based on a micro-ATX or mini-ITX motherboard means a smaller, possibly less expensive system with all the functionality they need.

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SilverStone's SST-SG08B is their latest and fanciest mini-ITX computer case. Since it's designed for a mini-ITX motherboard, it's much smaller that a traditional computer case designed to accommodate standard ATX motherboards. Of course, there are other factors to consider, such as what kind of power supply you need and how many drives it will hold. I'll dissect the case to the component level and build a performance-oriented system in it to check it out.



 

Comments 

 
# I'm impressedBruce 2012-08-23 06:43
"Note the screw-in plastic blocking ridge that keeps this warm air from being sucked into the power supply intake. Nice touch!"

This is what I call attention to detail...!! Impressive.
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# Not impressedYanni 2012-09-02 14:11
Slim optical drive only, included power supply is non-modular, cable management very difficult, only takes one 3.5" HDD, price is very high, too heavy, non rigid construction. These issues are simply unacceptable.

In my opinion, the Lian Li PC-Q08B has all the advantages but none of the above issues that the Silverstone case has. It is approx 80mm taller, but that is just about the only minor issue and I am happy with it!
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# RE: Not impressedSean 2012-09-19 14:47
While I haven't used this case, the comments from Yanni are a bit disingenuous. It's very hard to find a decent Mini-ITX case with a 600w power supply that will actually FIT. Finding regular ATX PSUs that are small enough and can power a full size dual slot graphics card is difficult at best. Cable management CAN be hard with the amount of space in this case, but considering the size of the ase management is not quite the issue that it's made out to be. I'll admit that the non-rigid construction could be an issue but I'm not entirely certain as to why. In regards to the point about the lack of 3.5" HDD slots...this case is designed, as are many SFF cases, for 2.5" drives as primary. You can get 2.5" drives with pretty decent capacity for about the same price as 3.5"'s. You can run a 2.5" for main OS duties (500GB, like the Hybrid Momentus XT or and SSD of your choice and a 1TB 3.5" for storage and apps). You just need to think about the flexibility as opposed to what are perceived limitations.

The Lian Li PC-Q08B is a very good case and does afford plenty of flexibility but for those that dislike the perforated front and glowing fan this case does a very good job, if only on paper. I have mine on order and am eager to give it a whirl.
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